TORONTO — The government of Ontario has announced the next round of permit applications and renewals for its pilot High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes project.
The HOT lanes are on 16.5 kilometres of the QEW in both directions, from Trafalgar Road in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington.
Vehicles with two or more occupants, or green licence plates, can travel in the lanes for free, while drivers of single-occupant vehicles can apply to purchase a permit, explains a media statement issued Aug. 1.
The province quotes analysis that indicates commuters who normally use the general purpose lanes could save 10 minutes on average during peak times by using the HOT lanes.
Applications to purchase or renew permits valid from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017 are open now until Aug. 31.
Permit holders wishing to renew who have already renewed twice will have to re-enter the application draw.
Permits cost $180 and are renewable for a maximum of two terms.
Permit applications will be accepted each February, May, August and November and can be submitted at Ontario.ca/HOTLanes.
Up to 1,000 HOT permits will be made available for each three-month term.
The statement indicates the province will be including HOT lanes provisions in Greater Toronto Hamilton Area highway expansion projects currently in design or under construction, beginning with Highways 410 and 427.
As part of the HOT lanes pilot, the province has announced it is soliciting innovative technologies to support tolling, compliance and performance monitoring of HOT lanes.